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Event briefs

For immediate use

March 12, 2007

IBM VP to lead open source discussion
Wednesday (March 14) on UNC campus

Bob Sutor, IBM’s vice president for open source and open standards, will lead a conversation about the open source movement in a free public event at 3 p.m. Wednesday (March 14) in 116 Murphey Hall on the UNC campus.

The open source movement involves the proliferation of technology and global communities that value collaboration and sharing.

Sutor, who has been at the forefront of IBM’s open source initiatives, will address the implications of an increasingly open society on individuals and businesses, including management of personal information, intellectual property, healthcare, education and banking.

The event is sponsored by ibiblio.org, the UNC School of Information and Library Science and IBM Centers for Advanced Studies.

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Artist William Dunlap to speak
in Hanes Art Center March 20

Artist William Dunlap, whose work hangs in museums nationwide, will speak at UNC at 7:15 p.m. March 20 in 121 Hanes Art Center – beside the Ackland Art Museum on South Columbia Street.

Dunlap works in media including found and fabricated objects, oil on paper and polymer paint on canvas. Some of his artworks hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

“Panorama of the American Landscape,” his 14-panel, 112-foot cycle of paintings, hangs in the Corcoran rotunda. He comments on the visual arts on “Around Town,” a program of WETA-TV, an independent public broadcaster in Washington, D.C.

Dunlap’s free public talk, part of the art department’s Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series, is sponsored by the department and the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC. For more information, call (919) 962-2015.

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Skills for living with HIV/AIDS
to be topic of March 21 talk

The UNC School of Nursing will host Dr. William Holzemer, professor and associate dean for international programs at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing and director of the World Health Organization collaborating center, for its Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture.

The lecture will be at 4 p.m. on March 21 in the school’s Frances Hill Fox Auditorium. Holzemer’s work focuses on developing the skills to live well with HIV, specifically in the areas of medication adherence, symptom management, stigma and quality of life.  At the lecture, he will discuss the stigmas associated with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

The UNC School of Nursing established the Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture series in 2000 to highlight the research and contributions of minority nurse scholars. The lecture brings outstanding specialists, educators, clinical researchers and directors to UNC for discussion of timely nursing matters affecting ethnic and minority populations.

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Quintero (Black Artemis) to speak
about ‘Picture Me Rollin’’ March 21

Sofia Quintero, who wrote the hip-hop culture novels “Explicit Content,” “Picture Me Rollin’” and “Divas Don’t Yield,” will speak at UNC on March 21.

The Bronx native and resident will focus on “Picture” in her free public talk, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Toy Lounge – on the fourth floor of Dey Hall, near South Road.

Born into a working-class Puerto Rican-Dominican family, Quintero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Columbia University in 1990 and 1992, respectively. She wrote the first two novels under the pen name Black Artemis. Quintero seeks to incorporate her ideas for social change into her work. For more information, visit www.blackartemis.com.

The UNC Institute for African American Research will sponsor the event with the UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series and Carolina Circuit Writers, a statewide literary consortium. For more information, contact Demetria Howard-Watkins of the institute at (919) 962-0977 or dhwatkins@unc.edu.

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Women Presidents’ Organization founder
and president to speak March 27 at UNC

Marsha Firestone, founder and president of the Women Presidents’ Organization, will speak at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School March 27 as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series.

Firestone’s free public presentation, at 5:30 p.m. in the McColl Building’s Maurice J. Koury Auditorium, will be followed by a reception. Parking will be available in the business school parking deck. To RSVP, call (919) 843-7787 or e-mail kfbsrsvp@unc.edu.

The Carolina Women’s Center is co-sponsoring the talk in celebration of its 10th anniversary and as part of the annual Women’s Week at UNC.

The Women Presidents’ Organization connects top women entrepreneurs at the million and multimillion-dollar level ($2 million in gross annual sales or $1 million for service-based business) to promote personal and professional success. The organization operates 60 chapters nationwide and in Canada.

Previously, Firestone was president of a for-profit educational institution. In 1998, she was executive director of The Women’s Economic Summit, which gave Congress a plan for accelerating the growth of women’s business.

The Carolina Women’s Center works to empower women and promote their equality, and to respond to needs expressed by campus women. For more information, visit http://womenscenter.unc.edu or call (919) 962-9350.

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National Geographic retiree Stuart
to discuss the Maya at UNC exhibit

“Unearthing the Maya: Highlights of the Stuart Collection” will be the topic of a gallery talk in UNC’s Wilson Library at 1 p.m. March 28. Collector George Stuart will speak in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room on the third floor.   

Stuart and his wife Melinda, of Barnardsville, recently donated 13,000 books, journals, photographs and other items about archeology, anthropology and the Maya people of Central America to UNC’s library. Stuart, who earned a doctorate in archaeology at UNC in 1975, spent a lifetime discovering information and collecting materials about the Maya while also working for almost 40 years for the National Geographic Society.

The “Unearthing the Maya” exhibition will be on display in Wilson through March 31. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The talk and exhibit are free to the public. For information, contact the Rare Book Collection at (919) 962-1143 or rbcref@email.unc.edu. The exhibit Web site is http://www.lib.unc.edu/rbc/Mayaexhibit/. For more on the Stuarts and their donation, visit http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/maya010907.htm.

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School contact: Allison Reid, (919) 962-8951, allison_reid@unc.edu
School of Nursing contact: Jill Summers (919) 843-6167, jcsummer@email.unc.edu
IBM discussion contact: Paul Jones, pjones@ibiblio.org, (919) 962-7600